Golf drivers are the clubs that can propel the ball the farthest during a game, which make them important to hit consistently. If you use an unreliable driver, it can lead to getting lots of penalty hits for lost balls.
Now, you need to be careful when choosing a driver because this is crucial to have that consistency. Just because a driver looks great does not mean you will be better at playing golf. Moreover, choosing a driver just because it is expensive is not the best way to improve your game. It is actually the features of a certain driver that generate good results, not its look, price, and the fact that it is the most recent model.
Here are some key points to consider when picking out your drivers.
Size of the Clubhead
Many people believe that a bigger clubhead means the ball will go farther because it offers a larger “sweet spot,” which makes it easier to escape an off-center shot. This is right, but a few golf drivers have such big heads that get in the way of many players. Weekend golfers who hit the ball below 250 yards off the tee should get a driver that has approximately 450cc head. While you may hit a driver with a bigger head, and hit the ball farther, you are likely to lose accuracy.
The angle of the clubface of the driver is also important because some golfers prefer to take a shot with a lower trajectory, whereas others like a ball that takes off higher. The difference in clubfaces could only be ½ degree, stretch out over the distance of the drive, but it could have a huge difference in the elevation of the golf ball.
The Right Shaft
Shafts are made from different metals – steel, titanium, and graphite. In general, golf drivers with steel shafts are heavier and cheaper than the others. Steel shafts are significantly less flexible and would transmit more vibrations from the head to the shaft.
High handicappers should spend more money on purchasing a driver with a titanium or graphite shaft because lighter weight means higher clubhead speed, and this means you would hit the ball farther. Moreover, graphite and titanium shafts restrain the vibrations and allow the club to flex a little while swinging.
Graphite shafts started to be popular with children and older players because of the whip caused by the flex and the fact that they are lighter clubs. As the technology advanced, they became popular for players of any skill level.
All three kinds of shafts of golf drivers come with different flexes:
• Woman’s shaft – for ball that carries below 200 yards
• Senior’s shaft – 225 yards
• Regular shaft – 250 yards
• Stiff shaft – 275 yards
• Extra stiff shaft – 300 yards
More flexible clubs provide more whip, but they can also potentially result to being open at impact and over-flexing. A more rigid shaft is better for golfers that have high club speed, while a more flexible shaft is better for golfers who have difficulty with speed.
Golfers used to believe that drivers with lower loft would travel farther, but according to new research, if a ball flies higher, it also flies farther. The loft on your golf drivers depends on your swing speed. If your average swing speed is below 100 mph, perhaps you should go with a driver that has a loft of approximately 12 degrees or less, which would create less backspin. However, if your swing speed is below 90 mph, choose a more lofted driver to increase the backspin and keep the ball in the air.